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Ditton Priors Shropshire Family History & Genealogy

Photo of St. John the Baptist, Ditton Priors. by Geoff Pick, some rights reserved.

Ditton Priors is an Ancient Parish in the county of Shropshire.

Other places in the parish include: Middleton Priors and Ashfield with Ruthall.

Alternative Names: Priors Ditton

Church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1673

Nonconformists in Ditton Priors include: Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Ditton Priors

  • Cleobury North
  • Diddlebury
  • Holdgate
  • Monkhopton
  • Neenton
  • Chetton
  • Stanton Long
  • Upton Cressett

Historical Description

Gregory Shropshire Gazetteer 1824

Ditton Priors or Priors Ditton. A parish partly in the franchise of Wenlock. And partly in the hundred of Munslow, a vicarage discharged, in the diocese of Hereford, the deanery of Stottesden, and archdeaconry of Salop. 685 inhabitants. 7 miles south of Much Wenlock.

Source: The Shropshire Gazetteer, with an Appendix, including a Survey of the County and Valuable Miscellaneous Information, with Plates. Printed and Published by T. Gregory, Wem, 1824

Parish Registers

The Register of Ditton Priors Wesleyan Chapel 1801-1834

Shropshire parish registers : Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers (1903)

Author: Shropshire Parish Register Society; Evans, George Eyre; Fletcher, W. G. D. (William George Dimock), 1851-1935; Kinsella, William

Publisher: [London] : Privately printed for the Shropshire Parish Register Society

The Register of Ditton Priors Wesleyan Chapel 1801-1834


Ditton Priors (with Middleton Priors and Ruthall) - Casey’s Directory of Shropshire 1871

Priors Ditton, or Ditton Priors, is a township and extensive parish, in the Southern division of the county, partly in the franchise of Wenlock and the hundred of Munslow, Bridgnorth union, and diocese of Hereford, eight miles from Bridgnorth and 13 from Ludlow railway station.  The church of St. John the Baptist is an old stone building, partly in the Norman and Saxon styles, repaired in 1861, and contains several ancient monuments.  The living is a vicarage, yearly value £147, with a residence and 244 acres of glebe land, in the gift of Philip Henry Howard, Esq.  There is a Wesleyan chapel.  The charities are of £6 yearly value.  Here are lime works.  Fairs are held on the 10th of May and the 25th of October yearly, for cattle, sheep, and pigs.  Philip Henry Howard, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner.  The soil is various; the subsoil is clay.  The area is 5,442 acres, and the population in 1861 was 613; gross estimated rental, £3,852; rateable value, £3,640.

Middleton Priors, with Netchwood Common, is a township in the parish of, and one mile north-east from, Priors Ditton, and in the franchise of Wenlock; there is a Catholic school, built by the present lord of the manor, who pays for the gratuitous education of the children.  The school is capable of accommodating about sixty children.  Middleton Hall is the seat of Philip Henry Howard, Esq., who is lord of the manor.  There is a Catholic chapel attached; the Rev. Francis O’Neil, of Bridgnorth, is priest.

Ruthnall, with Ashfield, is a township, in the hundred of Munslow and parish of Priors Ditton, half a mile west from the latter place.

Post Office. – Richard Smallman, receiver.  Letters arrive from Bridgnorth, via Burwarton at 8 45 a.m.; and dispatched at 8 a.m.

Priors Ditton.

Davis Edward, esq.

Wilkinson Rev. Jas. Butler, Vicarage

Bell Joseph, farmer

Bowen James, lime burner

Cartwright Mary, shopkeeper

Cleeton Richard, Howard’s Arms inn

Davis Edward, surgeon

Dorrell James, farmer, Derrington

Garbett William, farmer, Little Leasows

Goode Thomas, farmer, Powkesmoor

Hicks William, blacksmith

Hodnett John, tailor

Hopkiss Richard, farmer

Howells Thos., farmer, Great Hudwick

Lewis Mr., farmer

Moore Richard, farm steward

Reynolds Francis, farmer

Scott Erancis [sic], farmer, Sidnall

Smallman John, wheelwright

Smallman Richard, blacksmith

Southern Henry, carpenter

Thomas John, cattle dealer and farmer, Hill side

Middleton Priors.

Howard Philip Henry, Esq., Middleton hall

Anson Edwin, farmer

Bell George, farmer, New buildings

Bell Joseph, jun., farmer and bailiff to P. H. Howard, esq.

Bowen Christopher, carpenter, Upper Netchwood common

Bowen William, mason and farmer, Upper Netchwood common

Childs Rd., beer retailer and shopkeeper

Easthope Thomas, farmer, Middleton Baggot

Hicks Thos., beer retailer, Netchwood

Power Michael, farmer

Rea John White, miller

Thomas Edward, farmer

Trow Joseph, farmer


Dixon Lancelot, farmer

Lawley William, farmer

Onslow Thomas, farmer

Wainwright William, farmer, Ashfield

Source: Edward Cassey & Co’s, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire 1871

Notes: Ruthall is spelt two different ways in the directory – Ruthnall and Ruthhall.  The name Erancis is as spelt in the directory as indicated.

The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Ditton Priors The Shropshire Hearth Tax Roll 1672

Franchise of Wenlock

Ditton Priors

Format – Name… Fireharths: ll.: s.

John Knott… 1: 0: blank

John Holland … 5: 0: blank

Thomas Reynolds … 3: 0: blank

Arthur Reynolds … [blank]

Michaell Borell … [blank]

Thomas Hammond … [blank]

Edward Holland … [blank]

Widow Hodggis … [blank]

Mr. George Cleland … (Ms. torn)

William Shugh … [blank]

William Taylor … [blank]

Widdowe Turgie … [blank]

Widdowe Niccolls … [blank]

William Jefferye … [blank]


William Maydens … [blank]

Thomas Hammonds … [blank]

Richard Hamond … [blank]

Nicholas Edwards … [blank]

Jonathan Williams … [blank]

Widdowe Bullock … [blank]

John Reynoldes … [blank]

Thomas Hyde … (Ms. torn)

Humphrey Myles … 1: 0: blank

Richard Harrell … 1: 0: blank

John Smallman … 1: 0: blank

Edward Sherwood … 1: 0: blank

Thomas Evans … 1: 0: blank

Edward Lawley … 1: 0: blank

Joseph Lawley … 1: 0: blank

Fireharths: 51, ll.: 5. s.:2


  • County: Shropshire
  • Civil Registration District: Bridgnorth
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Hereford
  • Rural Deanery: Stottesdon
  • Poor Law Union: Bridgnorth
  • Hundred: Munslow
  • Province: Canterbury